A MAN is alleged to have launched a violent attack on his ex-wife and rubbed handfuls of mud into her face and hair.
The prosecution say Mark Anthony Bailey was drunk at the time.
Bailey, 29, of Lorne Street in Wrexham, admitted assaulting Nicola Bailey at Rhyddyn Hill, Caergwrle, on December 2.
But he did not accept all the allegations against him, particularly a charge of head-butting, and magistrates decided they should hear evidence before deciding precisely how he should be sentenced.
Prosecutor Tracey Willingham said Mrs Bailey left her place of employment at The Bridge Inn, Caergwrle, at 2.30am on December 2 last year in the company of her ex-husband, the defendant.
The couple had two children and had been divorced in February of last year.
It was alleged that Bailey was 'extremely drunk' and argumentative and he carried out what the prosecution say was a sustained and violent attack upon her.
Miss Willingham claimed he head-butted her, pushed her into a hedge, punched her, kicked her and rubbed handfuls of mud into her face and hair.
It began at about 2.30am and appeared to have gone on for some time.
Police arrived at 3.35am and found her with swollen lips, cuts to the face and mouth, lumps to the back of the head, a sore nose, bruising to the legs and she was generally stiff and aching.
Interviewed, Bailey said he had a large amount to drink and agreed he had assaulted her but could not recall all aspects of the attack. He could not give a reason for it other than he was drunk.
Defending solicitor John Hughes said his client worked as a carer at a nursing home. There were differences between the prosecution and defence version of events, as it was his client's case that he had retaliated in an over-the-top response after he first came under attack.
He took responsibility for the injuries but felt 'a little raw' she had allegedly assaulted him and was getting away with it. It was his case she should accept some measure of the blame for what had happened.
It was clear his client was drinking too much and consumed 30 units of alcohol a week when the safe level was 21 units.
Mr Hughes suggested community rehabilitation order would be appropriate with compensation.
His client admitted kicking, punching and slapping against a background of similar behaviour from his former wife. 'Head-butting is one thing he specifically denies,' he said, and pointed out that magistrates had on an earlier occasion decided they did not wish to hear evidence on the issue.
Magistrates said they felt the issue of the head-butt was an important one which would have to be resolved by evidence.
The case was adjourned.